Up to 22 now sickened by St. Louis-area E. coli

Friday, October 28, 2011 | 7:33 a.m. CDT; updated 9:35 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 28, 2011

ST. LOUIS — Health officials continue to search for the source of a St. Louis-area E. coli outbreak that has now sickened 22 people.

Nine people ranging in age from 4 to 94 have been hospitalized. KMOX Radio reported that the illnesses are not believed to be life-threatening.

St. Louis County Health Department spokesman John Shelton said this appears to be a particularly virulent strain.

E. coli are a group of bacteria that can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia. The illness is typically spread through consumption of contaminated food, unpasteurized milk, contaminated water or contact with the feces of infected people.



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